About Capoeira Aché Brasil- Mestre Eclilson de Jesus -
Capoeira is a martial art, dance and art form that combines kicks, escapes and acrobatics with music, style and artistic expression. Created 400 years ago by African slaves in Brazil, Capoeira is a game that teaches strength and flexibility and is open to all ages and skill levels.
Capoeira Aché Brasil Calgary is made up of a group of committed students training under the direction of Mestre Eclilson de Jesus. The group has a long history of Capoeira in Calgary, and has been offering classes for many years.
Mestre Eclilson de Jesus
Born in Recife, Pernambuco (northeastern Brazil) Mestre Eclilson is a highly regarded Master of Capoeira, with 34 years of experience.
In 1990 Mestre Eclilson was invited to Canada and the USA to participate at various festivals demonstrating this unique martial art/dance called Capoeira. That’s when Mestre Eclilson decided to make Vancouver his new home. Since then, his professional career has taken him across the world, teaching this ancient art form and touring with his performance group Aché Brasil.
Mestre Eclilson de Jesus is responsible for bringing Capoeira to Canada. He also sponsored many Capoeiristas from Brazil to travel to Canada and other countries to teach Capoeira, helping Capoeira grow across the globe.
Mestre Eclilson began training Capoeira at the beach when he was only 10 years old after he saw his first roda in the streets. That’s when he fell in love with capoeira. Soon after, he began training with Mestre Tete and after a few years, he began assisting Mestre Tete with teaching.
Mestre Eclilson received his 1st degree Mestre belt in 1995 by Mestre Elisio as Mestre Eclilson had lost contact with Mestre Tete. In 2007, Mestre Eclilson was acknowledged with a Second Degree Mestre Belt from Mestre Derli, who is the padrinho (Godfather figure) of Capoeira Aché Brasil. This honour was given to Mestre Eclilson in recognition of all the years of dedication, teaching, training and promoting the art of Capoeira.
Mestre Eclilson de Jesus’ philosophy in Capoeira is to bring people together to create a healthy community respecting each other’s ethnical background and the uniqueness of every individual. Mestre is also known for his sinuous agility and spectacular acrobatics, as well as his charisma and positive energy.